Utica Tree Removal and Why

The Arborist Report considered 16 trees growing at Utica Park. This report was done by California Tree and Landscape Consulting, Inc. (CalTLC). The site was inspected on December 20, 2022, just before the Federally Declared Winter Storm event. ONLY the trees growing in the park area and around the perimeter were assessed.

Tree Species:

BOLDED were identified to be removed

  • The removed Black Walnut trees had hollow areas in their trunks and bare branches, which indicates a dying black walnut tree. This tree species requires plenty of rainfall (25 inches per year) and temperate climates (more than 140 frost-free days). Harsh climates and shallow topsoil (both issues in Angels Camp) can stunt growth and limit their lifespan.
  • The removed silver maple requires extensive pruning every five years. Wood rot is a common ailment in this species which was the case with our tree, and it is also very common to have widow makers break off unexpectedly (hence why pruning is vital).
  • The removed black locust is a fast-growing tree and requires regular pruning. Failure to do this can wound the tree and make it vulnerable to disease. Our tree had a substantial hole in the base of the trunk.

Black Walnut (3264, 3272, 3273, 3277, 3278)
Pear (3265)
London Plane (3266)
Incense Cedar (3267, 3268, 3274, 3275, 3279)
Coast Redwood (3269)
Silver Maple (3270)
English Walnut (3276)
Black Locust (3271)

Of the 16 trees, ultimately, 10 trees were removed. Five trees (of the 16) were identified to be removed. Four were due to poor condition and one due to its location for improvements. This one tree was the Incense Cedar that was growing at the top of the slope adjacent to concrete steps leading to Highway 49. The new park entrance (or, if you have been around long enough, the “Old park entrance”) was proposed at the tree trunk, and removal was required to put in an ADA entry and stairway.

The remaining trees were either identified in construction areas (where they would not survive), severely damaged post the 2022 and early 2023 winter storms, or the Planning Director deemed them a nuisance.

The risk was identified based on common risks on the site to people and infrastructure in the park.

The report also states that the likelihood of failure of the remaining 11 trees is the probable trunk, large branch, or whole tree failures impacting a target of people, vehicles, or park improvements. The report recommended pruning to reduce the branch leverage on long and weak branches to alleviate some of this continued danger. This maintenance would reduce the likely failure and risk to low. Peffer’s Tree Service has been identified to be able to climb these trees and carry out that work effort.

For any additional questions, you can email the Planning Director HERE.